About Our Group
Our group formed in the early 90's, when the 3rd Purley and 28th Purley, each based at opposite ends of Lower Road in Kenley, combined. Based in the old Church Hall, their two respective Cubs leaders, Peter Pearce and Paul Bates, ran the new 11th Purley Cubs section together, while Alan Bradshaw, who later took on the role of Group Scout Leader, ran the Scout section.
The 28th Purley Beavers, one of the first official Beaver colonies in the UK, also merged into the group, run by its inaugural section leader, Kathy Bradshaw.
Following Alan's retirement in 2013, Peter took over as Group Scout Leader, while Paul continued to run the Cubs section and Christie Golder joined the team to run the Scouts section. In 2017, Kathy stepped down after 31 years leading the Beaver Colony, handing the role on to Gary Asbury, who completes our current team.
Today, the 11th Purley is as active as ever, organising at least 3 camps a year as well as numerous visits and weekend activities. In addition to our weekly meetings, activities and camps, once a month, some of our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts take part in Church Parade, along with the 16th Purley Rainbows and Brownies, who, like ourselves, are sponsored by St James Church.
All of our sections currently meet at Wickenden Hall, Riddlesdown, which we share with the 19th Purley Scout Group.
The strong bond between the sections, plus the invaluable support they receive from helpers and parents has allowed children to try activities and learn skills they might not otherwise have thought they could do. Over the years, we've seen children progress from Beavers to Cubs to Scouts, with some going on to become Young Leaders themselves.